Our 10 Millionth Annotation

By frannyfrench | 22 April, 2020

Hypothesis just reached its 10 millionth annotation. Half of those have happened in the last year.

This milestone is the achievement of a community: all the scientists, scholars, journalists, authors, publishers, fact-checkers, technologists and, now more than ever, teachers and students who have used and valued collaborative annotation over the years. Thank you all for reaching this momentous number with us, especially during this challenging time.

A bar graph showing quarterly Hypothesis annotations from Q1 2015 through Q4 2019, including markers for when 1M, 2M, 3M, 4M, 5M, 6M, 7M, 8M, 9m and 10M annotations were recorded.

As we recognize this dramatic growth at Hypothesis, we know it is happening during an entirely new and very challenging time, for everyone, and in particular for educators and students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, much of life as we knew it has moved to the margins. People are still reading, researching, publishing and having conversations, but now most often at a distance. One of the biggest changes has been in teaching and learning: Almost overnight, nearly the entire educational landscape has moved to remote delivery.

Hear from Dan Whaley, Hypothesis founder and CEO, as he reflects on our journey to 10 million annotations.

This “new normal” has raised collaborative annotation as a more relevant practice than ever for sharing knowledge and building critical-thinking skills. More and more teachers are using Hypothesis within their learning management system (LMS) as they transition from face-to-face classrooms to digital spaces, annotating to share ideas and build community. Let us know if you’d like to start using Hypothesis. To help schools navigate online learning during the pandemic, Hypothesis is waiving all fees for the remainder of 2020.

Start using Hypothesis in your LMS and learn more about pricing for your school.


AnnotatED: a growing community

As schools, colleges and universities adopt Hypothesis formally, we welcome them to AnnotatED, the community of educators, researchers and technologists from organizations that engage deeply with collaborative annotation. To date, over 50 institutions have joined AnnotatED and more are joining every week.

The majority of these 10 million annotations have been created by students and teachers reading together, moving us closer to a shared vision of transforming teaching and learning through collaborative annotation. Across all annotations the numbers are remarkable, we see:

  • More than 376,000 people have signed up to annotate with Hypothesis
  • People have annotated almost a million unique documents
  • Students and teachers have come together to annotate in nearly 2,500 classes
  • Over 800 different institutions have integrated Hypothesis into their learning management system (LMS)

Get in touch if your school is ready to start a supported pilot with Hypothesis.

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